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Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941
Posted by: Mark McShane ()
Date: May 09, 2009 03:33PM

For the attacks on HG-73 in the early morning of 26th September 1941 the ships sunk are attributed to

U-203
Varangberg
Avoceta
Cortes

U-124
Petrel
Lapwing

I have been looking into this convoy for sometime now and feel that the ships sunk are wrongly attributed. I hope that the following will be clear and that it is understood. Taking as reference for this are ktb's for U-124 & U-203. ADM 199 Survivors reports for every ship sunk in that convoy, ADM 199 files on HG-73. The times used will be as German local.

26th September

0031
U-203 fires a spread of torpedoes, hitting AVOCETA and VARANGBERG. At 0034 Dives to evade attack and to reload. U-203 comes under attack, probably HMS HIGHLANDER and LARKSPUR.

0223
U-124 fires at two ships on the extreme port column of the convoy. CORTES (pdt 12) is hit quickly followed by PETREL (pdt 11). LAPWING (pdt 13) stops to pick up survivors from both ships.

0400
U-203 has evaded the attack and surfaces, now attacks what she describes as a tanker and a destroyer. These ships were the LAPWING and HMS LARKSPUR. LAPWING was stopped still picking up survivors from PETREL & CORTES. HMS LARKSPUR had reported to SO escort that she had seen an unidentified stopped vessel when she was returning to the convoy. both attacks miss.

0634
Just as the last boat of survivors is coming towards LAPWING, U-203 hits her and she sinks quickly.

So results after this mornings attack were

U-203
Varangberg
Avoceta
Lapwing


U-124
Petrel
Cortes



Anybody with input or comments would be appreciated.

Regards,

Mark

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Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/09/2009 03:33PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Rainer 05/10/2009 12:50PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/11/2009 07:53PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/11/2009 08:39PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Rainer 05/11/2009 09:41PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/11/2009 09:52PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 jcrt 05/11/2009 06:17PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 jcrt 05/11/2009 06:51PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/11/2009 08:01PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Rainer 05/11/2009 10:36PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/11/2009 11:24PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Rainer 05/12/2009 08:27PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/12/2009 09:05PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/12/2009 10:40PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Steve Pimentil 06/06/2011 10:25PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 kathy allan 04/29/2012 11:54PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 04/30/2012 07:41AM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Steve Pimentil 06/06/2011 10:51PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 Mark McShane 06/07/2011 02:12PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th September 1941 jcrt 05/12/2009 05:29PM
Attack on HG-73, 26th / 27th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/12/2009 07:06PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th / 27th September 1941 Rainer 05/12/2009 08:16PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th / 27th September 1941 Mark McShane 05/12/2009 09:12PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th / 27th September 1941 jcrt 05/13/2009 07:27PM
Re: Attack on HG-73, 26th / 27th September 1941 Maria 06/24/2009 08:04PM


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